There are many. Following are the most common ones:
Nearly all patients. There are practically no side effects associated with nitrous oxide use. Occasionally, however, asthmatic patients or those suffering from severe bronchitis or other known lung disorders may elect not to use it. Ultimately, this is a decision best made by you and your dentist.
A soft rubber hood is placed over your nose. This hood is attached to equipment that regulates the amount of nitrous and oxygen you receive. You simply breathe in and out through your nose as you would normally breathe.
Individual patients experience its effects differently. Generally, as the depth of nitrous oxide increases, you will experience the following sensations:
You should not experience giddiness, fall asleep, or become nauseous. If any of these symptoms occur while breathing nitrous oxide, immediately inform us.
If you feel uncomfortable or uneasy at any time while breathing nitrous oxide, you can discontinue it at once by simply breathing deeply through your mouth. Any temporary discomfort will be eliminated with a few breaths. Please tell us if you should feel any discomfort so we can adjust the amount of gas being delivered.
Nitrous Oxide is the most commonly recommended antianxiety technique for expectant patients. Although it does cross the placenta, it is not metabolized by the body; therefore, it has no effect on most organ systems and is removed from the body in a short period of time. If you have any further concerns about taking nitrous oxide while you are pregnant, you may wish to consult with your obstetrician prior to treatment in this office.
Inform us of any changes in your medical history, or any medications that you are presently taking. We generally recommend that you avoid eating a large meal prior to treatment and that you use the restroom before your procedure. The less you talk or breathe through your mouth during your treatment, the faster and more efficiently the gas works.
Nitrous Oxide is a safe, reversible adjunct to help you relax during treatment. You remain conscious and "in control" throughout the procedure. Simply relax and breathe deeply through your nose. It's just that easy.
Perhaps you've heard your friends or other patients talk about the benefits of nitrous oxide (N2O2) or "laughing gas." It may be an option for you during your next procedure. Here are some important facts that you should review first. Nitrous Oxide is a non-allergenic, non-irritating gas that affects the central nervous system. It's one of the safest anti-anxiety techniques available, and patients who have used it report very few, if any, side effects. If you're like most patients, you'll begin to feel the nitrous oxide take effect within 3-5 minutes. Following treatment the effects of this gas are completely reversed within 3-5 minutes, simply by breathing normally. In fact, you will be able to safely drive home or to work following your appointment.